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Looking for an old school brash and bold large American sedan, packing V8 muscle and a soundtrack that punctuates its lack of political correctness? That's the Dodge Charger. Just don't tell anyone it's also refined, comfortable, and luxurious. After all, it's got a macho image to protect.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
NA
2013
NA
2014
2015
NA
2016
2017
2018
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
NA
2012
2013
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2015
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. ESC standard in 2006, available 2007-2011, standard from 2012. Head protection air bags available from 2006, standard from 2010. Side air bags not available 2006-2010, standard in 2011.
Road Test

Looking for an old school brash and bold large American sedan, packing V8 muscle and a soundtrack that punctuates its lack of political correctness? That's the Dodge Charger. Just don't tell anyone it's also refined, comfortable, and luxurious. After all, it's got a macho image to protect.

Over the years, the Charger has moved from being merely a caricature of a classic American sedan to becoming a fully developed and satisfying car. It relies on a solid structure inherited from Mercedes-Benz, uses a world-class eight-speed automatic that is also used in Audis, BMWs, and Jaguars, and has one of the best infotainment systems in the business. Ultimately, the Charger is not just about brawn. It also packs some sophistication and offers a lot of bang for the buck. Under a luxury brand name, a sedan delivering that much content and performance would have cost another $20,000 or more.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (292 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (370 hp)
  • 6.4-liter V8 (470 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Dodge Charger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“I don't think the thermometer works for the internal temperature”

Diane T., OH (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 6.4-L V8)

“When turning up the temperature system would not give heat. Turned up all the way it would blow cold air”

Barry P., AB (2014 Dodge Charger SE 3.6-L V6)

“the heater gets stuck on high has to turned to max ac to reset. going in for third time for repair”

Brian B., WA (2014 Dodge Charger Unsure 3.6-L V6)

“Temperature and blower controller does engage right away. Have to turn everything off and back on again to reset to change from heat to cool and vice versa. Fan won't start blowing either unless climate control is reset/restarted”

Wah W., TX (2014 Dodge Charger SRT 3.6-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Replaced system components last year, no repeat trouble”

Michael B., AZ (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“GPS didn't work at time of delivery. Dealer replaced it with a new unit”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7-L V8)
Radio

“The satellite radio has a very poor antenna. Would cut out when driving near a 4 story bldg”

Barry P., AB (2014 Dodge Charger SE 3.6-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Car has had 8 four wheel alignments and been seen by the regional engineer - car STILL PULLS or drifts as they report. Car HAS NOT been repaired to date. Makes car feel unstable and unsafe!!!!!”

Mark P., SC (2014 Dodge Charger SXT 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“bad rotor”

Alan D., MA (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“P peel on right rear door”

Percy J., IN (2014 Dodge Charger SXT 3.6-L V6)

“Paint on different areas of the bumper looks like peeling off. Dealer agrees of paint peeling but FCA refused to acknowledge the issue after filing report to fix the problem”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Down shifting into 1st gear is really rough when coming to a stop”

Percy J., IN (2014 Dodge Charger SXT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Numerous transmission problems with slippage, major shifting issues. Dodge said it was within specs, but ended up replacing the transmission due to the problems. Transmission on code what they are coded to report!!!”

Mark P., SC (2014 Dodge Charger SXT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Pipes

“The extension pipe broke in front of the resonator under the gas tank. The exhaust appeared to be too short and the hanger on the back of the resonator was pulling the pipe apart”

Louis M., ON (2014 Dodge Charger SXT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

“Wind noise near windshield on the driver's side at 55-65mph”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Dodge Charger R/T 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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